The Media Catches a Clue… And, Naturally, Comes to the WRONG Conclusion

Recently, CBS News posted an investigative report about a TELEMARKETING SCAM.  Yes, yelling capital letters on the word “Telemarketing.”  The original story can be found here, but here’s the breakdown.  A telemarketing company has been calling people over the phone and asking whether they are in pain and whether they think this requires medications or […]

What is Sugar? by PharmD Candidate V. Chyan

Overview          Carbohydrates, or sugars, are made up of molecules that are known as monosaccharides (mono=one, saccharide= sugar compound). These monosaccharides are simple sugars and consist of glucose, fructose, and galactose. The 3 molecules are the building blocks of carbohydrates. Glucose can be found in a variety of food and fruits and is primarily used in […]

Yeast Infections: Treatments and Prevention by Student Guest Blogger

If you’ve ever experienced the uncomfortable symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, you’re not alone: approximately 75% of all women will experience at least one episode throughout their lifetime, and 40-50% of them will have at least one recurrence.  Yeast infections are one of the most common vaginal infections, particularly in women of childbearing age. […]

Magnesium Deficiency: The Mineral for What Ails You

A couple weeks ago I put out a shout out for help choosing a new topic for the blog.  I have tons of opinions and lots of things that I’m interested in, but I want to write about things that interest you, as my readers.  A pharmacist friend of mine suggested that I write about […]

Does My Liver Make Me Look Fat: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

I’m just going to point out that, just because you’re a healthcare professional doesn’t mean that you’re an expert at everything and you aren’t beyond being surprised when medical conditions show up in your friends and family.  Recently I’ve had a couple friends that have presented with cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  I […]

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Fighting for a diagnosis

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a disease affecting many women that, I believe, is misdiagnosed or goes undiagnosed.  Much of this can stem from embarrassment or from the fear of “complaining” about “woman problems.”  So lets do something that doesn’t happen often.  Let’s talk about it. PCOS is an endocrine (hormone) dysfunction that can present […]

“The Change,” Why Does It Sound So Pleasant When All I Want To Do Is Scream? Non-hormonal Treatment of Menopause Symptoms

We live in a wonderful time where hormones are readily available to women for the treatment of menopause symptoms.  Hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and low libido can all be treated with hormone replacement of estrogens (yes that’s plural), progesterone, and testosterone.  It’s all about balance, but sometimes the hormones cause undesirable side […]

Ideas for Management, Questions to Ask Your Doctor & Pharmacist, and Diabetes Resources

Ideas For Management: Food Journals:  Write down what you ate, when it was, when you took your insulin, how much you took and your blood sugars.  If you do not use insulin a food journal will still be helpful for your doctor and diabetic educator. Use measuring devices:  Humans are HORRIBLE at estimating quantity.  Scales […]

Hypoglycemia: When Low Sugar isn’t Good Sugar

Last blog we talked about hyperglycemia (or high blood sugars) and the risks you take on when you allow your blood sugars to get too high.  Hypoglycemia is low blood sugars.  Patients with Type I diabetes and Type II patients on certain medications are at higher risk for hypoglycemia.  So what’s the big deal?  You […]

Diabetes: First the Basics

It’s a new year with new resolutions and I’m sure none of us have been perfect, but trying is what matters.  I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power and the best way to succeed is to know as much as you can.  Diabetes is a very big issue.  Projections have showed that 52% of […]